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Empowering Women: a Worldwide Programme to Help Women to Achieve
Practice News
Contributed by The Ghanaian Chronicle   
Friday, 07 July 2006
The University of Ghana’s Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CENGESA) launched on July 3rd an international research consortium entitled Pathways of Women’s Empowerment . Based on the observation that “across the globe women seem to rise above the most challenging circumstances” as Pr. Takyiwaa Manuh from CENGESA pust it, the consortium aims to identify how women’s lives can be enhanced through global policy processes.

Pathways of Women's Empowerment is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), it will run for five years, and will involve research institutes from five different countries, namely in Egypt, Brazil, Bengladesh, Ghana, and the UK where the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) will act as co-ordinator. UNIFEM, the United Nations Fund for Women, and CARE will also support this initiative at regional and international levels.

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Managers urged to volunteer in poor countries
Practice News
Contributed by Community Newswire   
Sunday, 18 June 2006
The international development charity Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is looking for mid- or senior-level managers with experience in staff training, leadership and motivation, team or company strategy and planning, budget control, project monitoring and evaluation, managing change, and communications.

VSO would like to recruit at least 200 people with business or management backgrounds to fill volunteering opportunities in the developing world.

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AusAid launches new scholarship program for Filipino citizens
Study News
Contributed by Minda News   
Sunday, 11 June 2006
The Australian government recently launched a new Asia Pacific scholarship program for emerging and current leaders to graduate courses and academic fellowships in Australia for Filipino citizens under 42 years old within the year of application. In the next five years, the Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) program will provide 3,000 scholarship slots to be administered by AusAID.

ALA will offer postgraduate studies in Australian universities. A fellowship program will also be made available for the development of leaders in education, government and business.

For next year’s scholarship, ALA’s priority study programs are in the areas of international trade, disease pandemics, security, and clean energy.

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Out of an African refugee camp, an idea, and cause, emerge
Training News
Contributed by The Boston Globe   
Saturday, 10 June 2006
Damon Luloff, a Boston University student, developed a grant-writing course after volunteering last summer at the Meheba refugee camp in Zambia. During his stay, he taught camp residents, upon their request, a quick course in writing proposals. The success of this crash course encouraged him to develop it into a model and think of other ways of empowering refugees...

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Release of the Global Education Digest 2006
Practice News
Contributed by Lea Ayoub   
Friday, 02 June 2006
The 2006 edition of the Global Education Digest, published by UNESCO's Institute for Statistics, focuses on tertiary education across the world. It shows, through a wide collection of statistics, that the growth of university-level education is associated with globalisation and greater socio-economic mobility.

By surveying the flows of what is called "internationally mobile students", it presents data on the state of tertiary education in countries of different income level, gender balance in education, as well as in the fields of study.  It also provides a greater understanding of the "internationalisation of tertiary education" trend and researches its impact on the countries of origin and on host countries, as well as the reasons why students leave the former to join the latter.

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